Judge Michael W. Manners was appointed by Governor Roger Wilson on November 17, 2000. Prior to his appointment, Judge Manners spent 24 years as a trial attorney with the firm that eventually became Welch, Martin, & Albano.
While in private practice, he served as President of the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Judge Manners has been a frequent lecturer at educational forums for trial judges and continuing legal education programs for attorneys. He was also included in the book, The Best Lawyers in America, before he went on the bench. In 2008, Judge Manners, was selected as Best Circuit Court Judge in the State by Missouri’s lawyers, voting in a state-wide poll conducted by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly publication.
Judge Manners graduated from Central Missouri State University summa cum laude with a B.A. in history and political science. He later attended Georgetown University, where he worked on his Master's degree in government, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School, where he obtained his J.D. degree.
Judge Manners was retained in office in the 2002 and 2008 elections.